Off the Racecourse

Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle hosts social and educational events that may not involve a starting-sequence but will help you meet fellow racers, connect with crew and skippers, allow you to expand your sailing education, and make your racing even more enjoyable.

    • 20 Apr 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. With no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht.Find out more about the Clipper Race, the ocean racing fleet, the selection process, training, stopovers and - most importantly - the crew.  

    Hosted by Lizabeth Rose who will be starting her Clipper adventure out of Seattle. 

    Follow the Clipper Race here:

    • 1 May 2018
    • 22 May 2018
    • 4 sessions

    Did you know that CYC Seattle put on over 900 racing starts in 2017?  

    Join us and learn to race sailboats! Come learn from the best! Corinthian Yacht Club offers several ways to help you get started on sailboat racing or brush up on your skills. The Rookie Rally Educational series provides a solid foundation of racing skills via classroom instruction, hands-on exercises, and on-the-water activities. Our educational committee members are also glad to meet with you to help you work towards your goals. 

    Come learn from the best! Bruce Van Deventer will be leading this educational series with special guests throughout. 

    Bruce is an experienced keelboat and dinghy racer, competing in everything from Club races to international world championships. He is also an experienced race officer. He currently campaigns a 505 and a Melges 24

    We will be meeting every Tuesday in May at 7pm at the club.

    What to expect: 

    • May 1 -  “Welcome to the Racecourse”: Walk through a typical race, handicap racing, one design, distance vs buoy races, paperwork/organizational requirements, conduct of a race per the racing rules of sailing, reading sailing instructions, starting sequence, and basic rules.
    • May 7 - Starting & Upwind Legs:  Rules during starting, finding the favored end of the line, standard starting tactics, the advantaged side of the course vs the advantaged side of the starting line, rules when sailing to windward, and at the weather mark.
    • May 14 - Finishing & Downwind Legs: Downwind angles, gybing on wind shifts, rules when sailing downwind, leeward mark rounding rules and tactics, favored end of the finish line, rules when finishing.
    • May 21 - Boat Speed Basics: Foils above and below the water, balance, main, jib, and rig controls, windward sail trim in light, medium, and heavy air, downwind trim, how to read a tuning guide, basic tuning for keelboats.

    On-the-water Training

    We expect to have at least one on-the-water practice session at Shilshole at the end of the series. We also will provide you with the opportunity to come out and help with the Race Committee on a weeknight race, which puts you in the center of the action! You need to have appropriate sailing gear, including a PFD, and basic sailing skills. This is a great opportunity to expand your skill base, move to another position on the boat, or start racing your own boat!

    The club will not be open for dinner or drinks but we will be coordinating an optional food delivery for those interested on a weekly basis. 

    Each class estimated to run about 2 hours. 

    If you have any questions please contact Melissa at

    • 7 Jun 2018
    • 28 Jun 2018
    • 4 sessions

    Interested in improving your sailing/racing skills? Want to get into racing? CYC Seattle is hosting an evening racing series just for women. Come out and race on some of 48degree North’s top 25 race boats, with some of the best women racers as coaches in the PNW.  Every Thursday night in June we will be racing. Everyone will be broken up into teams (t-shirts included), and we will have our own start in June’s Thursday evening races.  

    What you can expect from this course: 

    • Have FUN!
    • Learn the different positions on a race boat
    • Tactics and Strategy (Starts, Roundings)
    • What is involved in a race and how they are run
    • Teamwork
    • Improve your skills 

    After each race we will be gathering at the yacht club for awards and recap. Dinner and drinks are available for and added cost ($6 dinner, $5-6 drinks) 

    Active sailing experience is required. WE will be racing regardless of weather, (rain, cold, etc)  unless the PRO cancels races If you are interested in learning about sailing and seeing if it's for your (racing or cruising) check out or Women’s Intro to Sailing [link to event] -held on Thursday nights in June.  

    Gear required: 

    • Non marking shoes/boots (preferably sailing shoes) 
    • Personal Flotation Device (PFD) 
    • Sense of humor 
    • Commitment to fun 
    • Gear suggested: 
    • Foul weather gear  (we race in sun or rain) 
    • sailing gloves 
    • water bottle
    • Sunscreen
    • sunglasses 
    • notebook/pen
    • Racing Rules 

    Please note: There will be men on board  (boat owners, additional crew, etc). 

    If you have any questions please contact Melissa at

    • 7 Jun 2018
    • 28 Jun 2018
    • 4 sessions

    Have you ever seen a sailboat and said "I want to try that?" Or gone out sailing and wanted to learn more? Do you have kids taking sailing lessons? 

    CYC Seattle is offering a Intro to Sailing for Women course in the month of June. We will be meeting every Thursday to got out on the water on some of the finest cruising sailboats in the PNW. In this course you will learn some of the basics - parts of the boat, safety, basic knots and where to use them, getting the boat ready, getting sails up, SAILING, wind direction,racing and teamwork, but mostly you will learn what it feels like to set SAIL. This is a great course to see if sailing is for you.

    This is NOT a classroom course, you will be setting out on the water every week. There might even be a night that you will race against other boats in the course (just for fun and bragging rights)

    No experience required, but if you have some that is great too. We do require you to physically able to climb aboard, pull lines, grind winches - this is an ACTIVE course.

    After the sail we will be gathering at the yacht club to share experiences and ask questions, meet other women sailors and enjoy the sunset.

    Boat Call is 6pm

    Dinner and drinks will be available (added cost - $6 dinner, $5-6 drinks)

    Gear required:

    • Non marking shoes/boots
    • Sense of humor
    • Commitment to fun

    Gear suggested:

    • Life Jacket (don’t worry if you don’t have one the boats will have extras)
    • Foul weather gear (at least layers)
    • Sailing gloves
    • Water bottle
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses

    Please note: There will be men on board (boat owners, additional crew, etc).

    If you have any questions please contact Melissa at

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Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle
7755 Seaview Ave NW (Pier V)
Seattle WA 98117
(206) 789-1919

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